Holiness Is A Means To An End And Not The Purpose Of Our Faith

“”He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters…… “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”” Matthew 12:30, 50 LSB https://bible.com/bible/3345/mat.12.30-50.LSB


The will of God for His people is to build the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven by winning people to Jesus as Savior through the proclamation of the gospel and teaching obedience to everything Jesus commanded us. The will of God is not our personal holiness though necessary for accomplishing God’s will. The means to our ends are holiness, righteousness, and perfection in love for demonstrating and confirming the love of God for humanity expressed in Jesus’ work at Calvary. Jesus did not come to earth to live a holy life though He did live and had to live a perfect life so that He could be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of humanity. Jesus came to seek and save the lost, making way for all humanity to be reconciled to God by dying for the sins of all humanity as Savior of the world. Jesus came to restore men to God eternally by becoming the punishment we deserve for our sinfulness. He was able to be the perfect sacrifice because He lived a perfect life but living a perfect life was a means to an end. So too, our living holy lives is our means to love our neighbor as ourselves so that our neighbor is receptive to our message, which is to repent and be born again so that they might have everlasting life through Jesus the Savior. We must present Jesus as Lord and Savior to men for men to be saved, which is the will of God for every person. We must proclaim Him more if more people are going to stop sinning against God and walk in God’s ways. God is seeking the lost. The harvest is plentiful, and the laborers are few though the churches are many. We will be gatherers in His harvest by faithfully sharing Jesus as Savior with people. This is our mission, the Great Commission, the reason we are on this earth. Being good is a means to bringing all men to Him, Who alone is good. Being good should not be our focus, but reconciling the world to God in Christ Jesus the Lord should be our focus.

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